This striking, otherworldly scene really is a view from planet Earth (on the right). The ochre sky and strawberry red sun were photographed on Aug. 22 near the small village of Strawberry, CA. Found along Highway 108, that location is about 30 miles north of the origin of California's large Rim Fire, still threatening areas in and around Yosemite National Park. The extensive smoke plumes from the wildfire are easily visible from space. But seen from within the plumes, the fine smoke particles suspended in the atmosphere dim the Sun, scattering blue light and strongly coloring the sky.
Latest on the Rim Fire: 40 percent contained, over 222,000 acres burned, over five thousand people working to put out the blaze and the cost of the Rim fire could exceed 50 million dollars. This is California's fourth largest fire in the states history and continues to grow.
There are over 6 major fires currently burning in California. Luckily in Arizona no major wildfires are burning.
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